Seventeen members of the Evanston Township High School football team had their lockers at the school broken into while they were away playing a game against Waukegan Saturday.

Evanston police say two thieves forced their way into the secured locker room and then broke into the lockers by cutting the locks. The team mebers lost cell phones, cash, their wallets and more.

Police say the suspects both appeared to be high-school age youths.

Adding to the players’ disappointment, Evanston lost the game to Waukegan, 22-21.

Update 11:20 a.m. 9/28/10:

MaryJo Boyer of the District 202 PTSA says school officials announced at Monday night’s school board meeting that they plan to increase in security measures in the wake of the locker break-ins. More safety staff personnel will be assigned to the athletic wing, more electronic key cards will be required and new, stronger locks will be provided for the lockers.

Board member Gretchen Livingston said the thefts are a violation of trust and the school needs to take strong steps to put an end to them.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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